Haunted Apartment – Part III

By Theresa Rutherford

Justine began to see entities in her bedroom. She described them as silhouettes and lights and they terrified her.


This is Part III of a four part story, please consider reading Part I & Part II before going further.

In The Haunted Apartment Part II I mentioned that our landlord friend (I called her Justine) came home for a visit this past week. We had a great time visiting with her; both upstairs in her place and downstairs in our suite. Thankfully most of our visits were in our suite, which I am more than okay with.  

Justine has now gone back but the night before her flight out we were having a few glasses of wine down in our suite. Our topic of conversation was light and easy so I thought it might be a good time to broach the subject of my experiences upstairs. I did not go full out here, I just started out describing how I had a hard time sleeping upstairs during the two nights I stayed in her place. I described how I experienced scary nightmares, which became absolutely terrifying on the second night. I then laughed about how I scared my husband by waking up screaming. I kept it light and didn’t give her too much more info as I was testing the waters to see what her reaction might be.  I was truly surprised when Justine turned to me and point blank said “You’ve seen them then.” I was shocked but I continued to probe her for more information. Only after she was done did I feel comfortable telling her the rest of my experiences. I’m glad we talked.

Justine went on to tell me how in the first few years she could feel “something disturbing” in the house especially the kitchen area. She then started having nightmares. Justine began to see entities in her bedroom. She described them as silhouettes and lights and they terrified her. It then escalated to hearing voices. One night she awoke to hear a loud voice that simply yelled “WHITE CRYSTALS!” Her husband (whom was also sleeping in the room at the time) never saw or heard anything so he of course put it down to some kind of nervous manifestation resulting from the stress of their recent move. He was more than a little incredulous when she started placing crystals around the house. Justine described her situation as knowing she had a problem that needed to be resolved and was being told there was nothing to worry about. “What do you do with that?” she said, “I didn’t know what I could do to stop it!” 

After some research and talking to a local spiritual healer she protected the upstairs (especially the kitchen) with crystals and then smudged the house. I guess you might say she stood her ground. She is no longer having issues and is now feeling comfortable in her own home. So this leads me to this question, why am I having these experiences here and why are others in my family also feeling something here? Is it still here (whatever IT is) and just not bothering Justine anymore? We are starting to move into our new house on Tuesday of next week, I certainly hope this thing does not follow me over there. 

My husband is out of town tonight so I am in the house totally alone and I am a little nervous about it (scared really), I won’t be going upstairs that’s for sure. 

Interesting side note:

During Justine’s research she discovered that our nearest town had a violent past between the logging company and an aboriginal settlement that lived there at the time and it was not good. I now wonder if this may have something to do with what is going on here?

The people who helped Justine resolve her issues with the house believed that the problems lay in the land the house is built on, not in the house itself. Either way it’s not good.

This story was originally published by the Ghost Story Guys Podcast – Ep. 31 Apr 17, 2018. Thanks Brennen and Ian!

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Haunted Apartment – Part II

By Theresa Rutherford

I try hard not to look at the vacant windows of the structure. I just can’t shake the feeling I’m being watched and I imagine I’ll see a ghostly face peering out at me.


Please read Haunted Apartment Part I before you read any further.

You may remember in Haunted Apartment part one that my husband and I moved to Vancouver Island a few months ago and are currently renting a beautiful walk out basement suite from friends. It’s a beautiful suite with a lovely ocean view. We moved here shortly after we sold our house and at about the same time our friends moved back to the prairies as he was offered a temporary three-year position and we are now alone in the house.

Very early on I started to have strange feelings about the place, which caused me to avoid going upstairs alone. I also began to have disturbing dreams that got worse the longer we stayed here. I find it very odd however that I always feel better downstairs in my suite than I do upstairs in the main house. I still dream about deceased members of my family but the nightmares have toned down a bit and are not quite as scary as they were during the few nights I slept upstairs (see part one). The funny thing is though that my husband has also started dreaming of his deceased family members and he considers himself a non-believer in all things paranormal. 

I found out a bit more about the cabin. It was originally owned by a local logging company and was built in about the 1890’s. It was about 50 feet higher in the lot than it is now situated. It was first used as a bunkhouse, was added onto and made into a cookhouse to feed the loggers.

The cabin was abandoned by the logging company and was eventually dragged down to the spot where it currently resides by the new landowner. He used the building for many years as an office for his architectural design business; it was then rented it out to a young woman who briefly resided there. It now sits vacant at the end of our friend’s driveway in a state of disrepair. Broken windows, padlocked doors and sagging roof add to it’s creepiness. I have stopped walking my dog late at night toward the cabin as it negatively affects us both. The closer we get to the cabin the more he acts up pulling on his leash, sniffing at the walls, consistently checking out a hole under one of the doors of the structure while I try hard not to look at the vacant windows of the structure. I just can’t shake the feeling I’m being watched and I imagine I’ll see a ghostly face peering out at me.  Nope, nope, nope, far too creepy for me; now I just let him do his business under the lights closer to our suite

Our friend’s wife is currently back home here (for about a week or so). There is one thing I have noticed which I believe is worthwhile mentioning here, she never spends much time alone in the house! She is always away from early morning to sometimes well after supper. We are good friends and she has often invited me out with her so I know she is attending classes, visiting friends and participating in many other activities. She could be just a very busy person or maybe she just doesn’t like being home alone. I hope someday she will feel comfortable enough to tell me what she is feeling in the house that has caused her to have it smudged and protected with crystals (see part one). Recently a plate under glass that is filled with crystals and other protective stones now resides in her kitchen so I suspect there is still something going on up there.

It sounds like we will be moving into our new place very soon so our time in the suite will soon be coming to an end. Perhaps after we are in the new place she will feel it’s ok to talk about it to me. I believe she just doesn’t want to scare us while we are still here.

This story was originally published by the Ghost Story Guys Podcast – Ep. 31 Apr 17, 2018

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Haunted Apartment – Part I


By Theresa Rutherford

My husband and I moved to Vancouver Island about 7 months ago. We are currently renting a walk out suite from friends. They have a beautiful new home with an amazing ocean view. The house is only about five years old and during those five years we stayed in the suite at least four or five times (over all the seasons). We did this to help us make a knowledgeable decision as to whether we would like it here on the island enough to make the move from the prairies. At the end of this past year we sold our house and moved into their suite. At about the same time we moved in our friends moved back to the prairies as he was offered a temporary three year position there. We are now alone in the house.

A few more things, which might be helpful for you to know about, the house is build around a huge black rock. They did not want the expense of blasting so the top of the rock takes up a big portion of the basement.

The second thing is that at the end of the driveway is a cabin. It is very old and decrepit. It was built for a logging camp and was moved here as an office for the previous land owner. It creeps me out every time I go near it. I used to walk my dog out there and he was always jittery and would try to pull me to the front door to investigate. One morning I was walking around with my camera taking pictures and I took one of the cabin. When I looked at it later I zoomed in on the window and was shocked to see a face. I have never showed this to our friends because she spends quite a bit of time on the property alone and I didn’t want to freak her out. Below is the actual picture.

When we first came out to visit our friends, shortly after the house was built, we of course thought the house was just beautiful. I have never seen such an amazing view and we were very happy for them (a bit envious too).  However it didn’t take much time in the house for me to realize that I felt uncomfortable in it. The longer I stayed in the place the worse it got. I could handle it if I was with others but I did not like being there alone, I still don’t. I occasionally need to use their washer and dryer (as there isn’t one in our suite) but I spend as little time as possible while doing it. We take our clothes to the laundry mat quite often and for that I am thankful.

One day when our friends were still home and I was helping her with the dishes. I noticed a piece of selenite crystal propped up in the kitchen window. She seemed a little embarrassed about it but told me she was experiencing something unsettling in the house and a friend told her the crystals might help. When I probed her for a bit more info she indicated that she also had the house smudged but she would not tell me exactly why. I have since found these crystals placed in every corner window of the house.

Another thing that has been bothering me in the house are my dreams. I have had quite a few deceased family members regularly show up in my dreams. My closest deceased family (Grandmother, Mom, Dad, sister) are now in my dreams pretty much every night! This never happened to me before I moved here.

A few weeks ago we had family come to stay with us over the holidays. Our sleeping arrangements landed me (and my husband) upstairs to sleep while our guests stayed in our suite. The first night my dreams were downright scary and my husband had to wake me to settle down. The second night was horrifying!  The dream was vivid and multicoloured (I remember plenty of red and fiery yellow). I know I always dream in colour but these two colours stood out. In my dream I was in bed in the master bedroom upstairs and I was surrounded by windows. The fiery red and yellow was causing the whole room to glow. The light silhouetted what looked like elongated people standing outside. They were slowly moving and banging on the windows trying to get in. I have never had such terrifying dreams. I actually woke up screaming and could not settle down after. I scared the crap out of my husband too I might add! 

During the family visit my daughter also went upstairs to the main floor alone to get something from the kitchen. I did not tell her any thing about my experiences as I did not want to spoil her visit but she told me that she felt very uncomfortable upstairs and it creeped her out to the point that she had to leave and go back to the suite downstairs.

I have a few more things which I have not included yet because I’m not sure if they’re related but I can say there have been no apparitions or disembodied voices, and no footsteps upstairs (just some scratching noises i can’t account for).  I do hope these experiences don’t escalate. We are only here for a month or two until our house is finished. 

This story was originally published by the Ghost Story Guys Podcast – Ep. 31 Apr 17, 2018

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